Chiropractic treatment for Epitrochleitis
To understand epicondylitis that can be medical (golfer’s elbow or epitrochleitis) or lateral (tennis elbow) we have to understand the anatomy of the elbow.
What is Epitrochleitis?
The elbow joint involves 3 bones: the humerus bone located in the arm, and the radius and ulnar on the forearm.
The lower part of the humerus in the arm ends with 2 bumps; an internal one, the humeral trochleae and its medial, and an external bulge, the humeral condyle or lateral epicondyle.
That being said, epitrochleitis, or golfer’s elbow (as the name implies, it very often affects golfers), is an internal inflammation of the tendons of the flexor and extensor muscles of the wrist, that inserts into the medial epicondyle (trochleae). The pain is located on the inside of the elbow at the level of the trochleae, on the inside of the elbow joint. This pain often prevents us from performing everyday movements such as turning a door handle or pouring a drink.
Epitrochleitis or golfer’s elbow appears due to overuse or overload of the flexor and outer muscles of the wrist, such as; carrying heavy purchases, pulling a flowerpot or doing physical work with repetitive movements.
Treatment for epitrochleitis through chiropractic
Chiropractic treatment for golfer’s elbow is based first on looking for the cause, the root, the origin of this inflammation and start a treatment to eliminate the lesion, the subluxation found, and making adjustments to the vertebrae of the spine, that links this area located in the cervical spine with the good adjustment with the biomechanics of the elbow joint.
Your chiropractor can also adjust the joints of the entire upper kinetic chain (cervical spine, shoulder, elbow and hand) so that other parts of the arm are not affected.
Step by step treatment
Chiropractic treatment is a well know therapeutic approach that focuses on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention from a variety of lesions and subluxations associated with the musculoskeletal and nervous system. It looks for the true cause in order to eliminate and restore normality to the entire joint chain.
Chiropractic care helps to accurately align the spine, restores your full range of motion to prevent injury and wear, as well as to reduce or eliminate pain and discomfort, improve elbow swelling and inflammation and even increase strength, flexibility and mobility in other structures of the human body.
The first steps your chiropractor takes in treating elbow problems from epitrochleitis will consist of a series of tests to be able to find the root of the injury and to be able to create a personalized treatment program adapted to your specific case.
CONTRAINDICATED TO SIT
In the first 10 to 15 minutes after your visit it is contraindicated to sit down.
During this period of time it is necessary to walk to mobilize the joints that we just release and walking also facilitate better joint lubrication and nutrition of the intervertebral discs.
IN THE NEXT 24 HOURS
During the next 24 hours following the first sessions avoid any excessive effort.
Otherwise, the effectiveness of the adjustment received will decrease.
BEFORE AND AFTER
Before and after every visit, avoid all kinds of tension.
Both physical and mental. The more relaxed you are the more benefit you will get from your treatment.
The set appointments must be respected.
They have been established to obtain the best results.
AFTER AN ADJUSTMENT
The sensations that each person may experience after an adjustment may vary without affecting the result and benefit of the treatment in the medium and long term.
After an adjustment, you may experience a feeling of relaxation, having a lot of energy, general well-being, disappearance or relief of symptoms, soreness or pain.
You may sometimes even experience discomfort since the body has to adapt to the new posture and position.